USTCC: 2003 Round 1 - Buttonwillow
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Tom Lepper scored his first win in USTCC and scored the first win for Honda since June 2001 when David Lang's Prelude won at Buttonwillow Raceway. Lepper's Eagle Awards Honda Integra R was the fastest car in every session and started from pole position and lead from flag to flag. Last year's runner up, Gary Sheehan, finished second in the Subaru of America WRX and had to overcome a furious challenge by last year's Rookie of the Year Tom Pitre in the Acura Integra GSR. Pitre showed his potential by sticking to the Subaru's rear bumper for most of the 50 minutes duration of the race. Sheehan did a masterful job of making it as difficult as possible for Pitre to pass.